Here is a look at some of my favorite 2-story residential libraries. A library is definitely a must have for me in my dream home. When done right, they can be exquisite with their beautiful wood paneled walls and coffered ceilings. My personal favorite is the 1st one, which is located in a house in Dallas, TX. That one is simply AMAZING!!!! Feel free to share your favorites!

  • Charlie

    Wow! That first one is the size of a public city library! I like the 2nd row/2nd from left… That spiral staircase is great.




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    • Adam

      Hey Kenny!

      Loving these collections of individual rooms, going through them allows one to pick and chose the elements of one’s dream home!

      Keep them coming! kitchens, master baths, home theaters, everything! 😉




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  • Since I know thet guy somewhat, I must say the library designed by John Henry, the upper third from left, is my favourite. It was designed to fit very nicely into a great estate.

    They are all nice. On the lower line, the first and third from left, are two very nice ones.

    Kenny, how would your dream library look?




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  • Daniel

    Eeek! First the grand staircase, and now the library. I suppose I like Champ D’or (the actual house) more than I originally thought. It really is a nice library (2nd from left, 1st row). I would only change the green accents. Olive is one of my dreaded colors.

    The 1st one in that row is quite spectacular, but I honestly think it is too big. Public library is correct in my opinion.




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    • Swimmer

      I’m with you! The first one is maybe 10 or 15 feet to long. Other then that, it is amazing.




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  • Venom

    The first one hands down is the greatest home library ever.
    And if you knew my mother, you would know that this is barely big enough to fit all of her books.
    I wish I was kidding….




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  • Grrrowler

    The first pic in the top row is an amazing room but it’s just too big. Champ D’Or’s library is nice but I agree with Daniel that the green is unsettling, plus there’s too much of it. My favorite is the top row, third from left. The scale and proportions are beautiful without it being so large that you can land a helicopter in it.




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  • Daniel

    And since I love links so much, here is another elegant, comfortable and two-story library from a home for sale in Delray Beach ($19.95 million):

    http://p.rdcpix.com/v01/lfa3a2742-w4o.jpg

    Listing here: http://www.premierestateproperties.com/luxury_real_estate/florida/palm_beach/delray_beach/R3025614.aspx

    Architect + video here: http://www.marktimothy.com/portfolio/1103socean.htm




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    • Grrrowler

      That IS a nice library. It looks like a room in a house as opposed to a public building somewhere. It’s large but it also looks really comfortable.




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  • len

    What house did the first picture come from or did it come from the NY Public library? Only the library in the Biltmore house in NC is probably bigger than that.




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    • architect 121

      I am actually in love with the library in the Biltmore estate. I love books and it seems perfect!




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  • Swimmer

    I love the proportions of the one on the bottom, third from left (especially the barrel ceiling) but it is more of a room then a library.




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  • George

    I like this multi-layered library at this CT estate.

    http://www.markfinlay.com/nr6%20ridgefield12.html




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    • Daniel

      That is insane. Maybe in a good way, maybe not…




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    • Venom

      OMG that is amazing.
      It is basically a real life MC Escher drawing.




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    • Grrrowler

      That is insane. There’s WAY too much going in that room.




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  • Barney

    YEOW, and how! I love to be dazzled, but I think THAT library is just the WRONG side of TOO “dazzling”……there’s so much goin’ on in that room, it’s like a 10-ring circus…..you can’t even begin to figure out where to look first! Seems like it’d take ANYone a couple of days to see everything in JUST that one room!




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  • Kyle

    OMG I LOVE that M.C. Escher library and that other library linked to. I also love the big library in the first picture, however I don’t think that library is actually within the home, that particular one is a private library within its own building separate from the home.




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